Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals the following year, the Ohio native bounced back to lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. James described his ascension to “the mountaintop” and believes that Rousey could still do the same.“You don’t know her mindset. You don’t know the drive, is the drive still there? You don’t know,” James added. “But you can tell that it’s built and built and built and built and built, they always make the teardown story more important than how long it took for her to actually get to the mountaintop.”Meanwhile, another NBA great, Kobe Bryant, shared James’ feelings for Rousey and reminded everyone of her contribution to the sport, particularly for putting Women’s MMA in the mainstream.“Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map,” the Black Mamba tweeted, along with the hashtags #pioneer and #muse.Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map #pioneer #museADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNBA superstar LeBron James has endured his fair share of backlash and animosity throughout his storied sports career, and he offered some kind words for another athlete in badly need of one, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.In the wake of a shocking 48-second beatdown of Rousey against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 over the weekend, the former women’s bantamweight champion has been the subject of several cruel depictions online, after being completely annihilated in her much anticipated comeback fight.ADVERTISEMENT Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 31, 2016Retirement talks have also been rampant after Rousey’s loss, and it still remains unclear if she’ll return to fighting anytime soon. Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORYRetire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda RouseySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207Despite another setback for the Olympian judoka—her second straight loss following another devastating knockout defeat last year—the Cleveland Cavaliers’ franchise player displayed sympathy and encouragement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now,” James told the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.”James is believed to be directly referring to ‘The Decision’, a live broadcast of his move from Cleveland to Miami in 2010, which received public outrage and turned the game’s brightest star into a full-blown villain. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NBA: James leads depleted Cavs to win over Pelicans View comments
A brace from Spanish midfielder Bienve Maranon and goals from Kevin Ingreso, Fernando Rodriguez and substitute Jason De Jong boosted the Busmen to their second win in five matches in Group G. Hanoi defenderAlvaro Silva was credited with an own goal in the second half.Ceres now has eight points from five matches just like Hanoi, but the Busmen zoomed to the top of the group due to a better head to head record against the Vietnamese side. Felda which has five points is playing Tampines as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnly the top team in group will advance to the knockout round.“We came up against the strongest team in the group, but the team gave everything they had and this was thekey,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “This was the big difference from the previous matches.” Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Stephen TanBACOLOD CITY – Philippine club Ceres-Negros delivered a performance to remember in front of its home fans, crushing Vietnamese champions Hanoi, 6-2, on Wednesday night to move closer to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup at Panaad Stadium here.Reeling from a 0-3 defeat to Felda United two weeks ago, the Busmen responded with a glittering attacking display to put Hanoi to the sword and bring life back to their hopes of advancing to the Asean zonal semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town With Manny Ott and Kevin Ingreso back from suspension and injury, respectively, the Busmen managed to dictate proceedings at midfield leading to early chances that set the tone for the rout.Maranon was brought down inside the area and duly converted from the spot in the 13th minute for the first goal, before Ingreso’s precise strike from the edge of the area doubled the lead eight minutes later.The visitors trimmed the gap through skipper Pham Thanh Loung’s free kick in the 25th minute.But the Busmen came out of the halftime break with renewed vigor and Rodriguez banged in the first of his two goals with a first time shot that floated past Van Cong on the Hanoi goal.Hanoi’s fortunes turned from bad to worst when sub Hoang Vu Samson was sent off for violent conduct in the 62nd minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government A quick counter led to Ceres fourth goal in the 69th minute as Silva deflected the ball into his own net with Rodriguez ready to pounce.Do Hong Dung scored Hanoi’s second in the 86th minute with a goal from the penalty spot, but De Jong quickly restored the three goal lead with a close range strike off an Ingreso pass.Maranon capped the rout with a brilliant individual effort a minute into stoppage time as the Busmen surpassed their goal tally from the 5-0 rout of Tampines Rovers last month.“Everyone did an amazing job for 90 minutes,” said Ott who captained the side for the first time in the AFC Cup. “I’m very proud of the team. We wanted to make the home fans happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments UST on a high ahead of first Final Four stint in five years LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSustaining his hot streak from last game, Matthew Wright once again, got himself going, shooting 2-of-3 from threes to finish with 13 points, in Gilas Pilipinas’ 113-66 drubbing of Singapore on Saturday.Wright, however, downplayed his performance and said suiting up for the national team is about playing selfless basketball.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead But unfortunately for Gilas, it didn’t do too well in that aspect much to the dismay of head coach Chot Reyes.“When there’s an opportunity to dive for a loose ball, we’ll do it. But I felt like coach is right, we kind of fell flat in the second half,” Wright said. “It’s one of those things when you came up with a 107-point win and you’re up by 40 at halftime, it’s a challenge to stay motivated and keep the foot on the gas.”“I feel like we came out very sluggish. We can’t have afford to have that. We have to learn how to have killer instinct and put our foot down right from the get-go, no holding back, and don’t give them a chance,” he said. “We got the win and move on to the next team. It’s gonna be a long journey so we have to move on.”Gilas Pilipinas takes on Malaysia next on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone on this team is a go-to-guy. Everybody has egos, but everyone has to play selfless when you play for the country. It’s way bigger than individual stats and it’s way bigger than personal accolades. Everybody has to go on and make the extra pass and look for each other and be selfless,” he said.For the second straight game, the national team shared the ball pretty well after dishing out 25 assists against the Singaporeans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThat selfless attitude is perfectly embodied by veteran guard Jayson Castro, who took only one attempt in the game and opted to get his teammates good looks especially shooters like Wright lurking beyond the arc.Aside from making the extra pass, Wright said that the only numbers the team is looking at are the hustle stats. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Valdez plays through injured ankle, tows Creamline past Air Force in thriller Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
For Stepheson, though, the loss will also help Meralco prepare for the quarterfinals.“We’re going to bounce back and be ready for the first round of the playoffs,” said Stepheson. “We just have to forget about this loss. We learned what mistakes we made. And the playoffs is a new season so we just got to focus on winning and let all that go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was a tough game, we played hard,” said Stepheson, who had 18 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks. “Thet have a really good team, we wanted to play strong and get some momentum heading into the playoffs.”The game between Meralco and Ginebra boiled down to the final seconds with the Gin Kings taking a 90-86 lead with half-a-minute remaining. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCliff Hodge kept the door open for the Bolts when he drilled in a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the game to cut the deficit to, 90-89.Ginebra import Justin Brownlee also gave Meralco another chance after missing two free throws. Fortunately for the Gin Kings, Chris Newsome’s pass to a streaking Hodge went out of bounds that eventually sealing the game for the Kings. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Meralco’s hulking import Alex Stepheson definitely felt the sting of dropping their final game in the eliminations of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but he knows that all he has to do is look ahead and and focus on the quarterfinals.The Bolts settled for a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, their third straight defeat this conference, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in WATCH: UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson proposes to girlfriend after TKO win Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments
LEICESTER, England (CMC): Senior player Anisa Mohammed has praised the 17-day preparation camp in Southampton and says it has left West Indies Women equipped and focused enough to win the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup. The Windies Women wrapped up the camp on Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl, where they focused on all aspects of the game, and more importantly, used the time to acclimatise to the notoriously difficult English weather. “We’ve had a chance to get acclimatised to the conditions and also the pitches, so over the last two weeks, we have learnt some of the lengths and lines we have to bowl and the pace we need to bowl at and the fields we have to set,” the seasoned off-spinner said. “It’s not going to be like back home in the Caribbean or the Asian conditions, so it was good to be here for two weeks in advance and trying to get all boxes ticked for the World Cup.” Mohammad was part of the West Indies side that was good enough to reach the final of the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, before going down to champions Australia. The Trinidadian has been an integral part of the side’s success in recent years and also featured prominently last year when the Caribbean side lifted the Twenty20 World title in India. Mohammed said she believed West Indies Women could now go one step further and also pull off the 50-overs title. “I think we have a really good chance of winning this World Cup,” she asserted. “We’ve made it to the finals of the last 50-overs World Cup and I think after winning a T20 World Cup last year that is also motivating us to want to win the 50-over world Cup as well. The spirit in the camp is excellent and we’re looking like we will win this.” West Indies will play official ICC warm-up games against Pakistan and South Africa next week before opening their campaign against reigning champions Australia on June 26. This year, the World Cup will be contested under a round-robin format and Mohammad warned that all the teams would pose a serious threat to West Indies. “We can’t underestimate any of the teams because all these teams have played in these conditions before, and we were very fortunate to be here for two weeks to acclimatise to these conditions,” she explained. “All the games will be tough but we just need to play one game at a time.” The World Cup runs from June 24 to July 23.
LIFTED GAME After Rashawn Crutchley fired Campion College into a fifth-minute lead against hosts Charlie Smith in their Group G ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup game at the Anthony Spaulding Complex yesterday, fears of a second-straight defeat briefly circulated through the majority Charlie Smith support in the venue. The former winners then wasted numerous chances before captain and playmaker Romeo Guthrie took things into his own hands and fired home two splendid goals from the edge of the area to tie the game, and then put his team ahead before they went on to win 6-2, and the 18-year-old midfielder says he is only getting better. “My first two games, I didn’t perform the way I know I can, but today (yesterday), I lifted my game more, and out of my three games, I played this was my best game in the tournament. “I feel great about my performance. I did what I had to do. I encouraged the guys and I got two goals so we could come back in the game. And I was always confident with the kicks. Even though the second wasn’t the best shot, it turned out excellent,” he reasoned. Playing in central midfield, Guthrie was a picture of composure throughout the match, picking his passes with vision and precise weight of passes. His first goal was a beauty from the top of the box, and although the second was not as fiercely struck, it gave Rivaldo Harris no chance in goal. Now he wants to carry on scoring and playing good football through the season for his school. “I want to keep this up. My target for the season is 10 to 12 goals. I scored in my first game, and in the second, I had none. But today I came and again executed, and I will try my best to keep up my standard,” the Maverley-Hughenden club player added.
Heavy police presence in ParisParis is pouring police into the streets this weekend for what the French people hope will be back-to-back celebrations — Bastille Day and, they’re crossing their fingers, a World Cup title.Paris police chief Michel Delpuech says 12,000 officers and 3,000 rescue workers will be mobilised in Paris and its suburbs for France’s national day today, marked by a military parade down the Champs-Elysees Avenue, and tomorrow when France plays Croatia in the World Cup final at a stadium in the Russian capital.Should France win, revelers will pack the Champs-Elysees to celebrate. Tens of thousands can watch the match from screens in a fan zone near the Eiffel Tower.The fun will be mixed with high tension for security authorities: Delpuech says a “real terrorist threat” exists.No DopeFIFA has reported no doping cases from almost 4,000 samples taken since January in a testing programme for the World Cup finals.The last World Cup doping case involved Argentina great Diego Maradona at the 1994 tournament in the United States.The 2018 testing programme includes 626 samples taken during the competition, including two players from each squad drawn to give samples after games. A total of 108 of the samples were collected on non-match days.Some players from the four teams still playing in Russia have been tested eight times this year, football’s world body said.Unruly England fansFIFA has opened a disciplinary case against England’s Football Association over misconduct by fans at the World Cup semi-final.FIFA says the investigation is into reports of offensive chants and discriminatory behaviour by a small group of fans at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.England took an early lead before losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time in its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.FIFA holds member federations responsible for fan behaviour at stadiums.Football’s international governing body is working at with anti-discrimination group Fare, which places expert monitors in stadiums.
TOP SHELF yesterday stunned the favourites at odds of 30-1 in the Cash Pot Trophy for two-year-olds, and six-time champion jockey Omar Walker attained his 1,000th winner locally with a three-timer, reaching his milestone with a thrilling finish aboard WITHOUT EXCEPTION in the seventh event at six furlongs. Kicked out of the betting as Gary Subratie’s CASUAL DRINK lit up the tote board at odds of 3-5, and BALTUSROL drifted out to 5-2, TOP SHELF sat third in the cat bird’s seat down the backstretch, watching TREVOR’S CHOICE playing spoiler on the lead shortly after the start. Led for the first time after virtually making all on debut earlier this month, CASUAL DRINK failed to kick when TOP SHELF swooped down off the final turn and grabbed the lead entering the straight. Hakeem Pottinger kept TOP SHELF rolling up the lane as CASUAL DRINK tried in vain to reel her in but was no match for the Soul Warrior-First Choice offspring, who won by two lengths, clocking 1:14.1 for her second consecutive win from three starts. PRINCESS ANNIE improved into third a furlong out, getting the better of BALTUSROL, who finished a disappointing fourth after beating TOP SHELF on their debut in August. Walker’s 1,000 winners, the fastest of five recorded at Caymanas Park, hogged the spotlight from the new apprentices, two of whom entered the winners’ enclosure on their first day of competitive riding, Tyrone Foster and Christopher Mamdeen, who won aboard MILARGO and CRUCIAL’S TREASURE, respectively. FIRST CAREER WIN Walker won the opening event astride MR LYNDHURST, grabbed his second with CALL TO DUTY in the fifth, handing trainer Leroy Francis his first career win, before returning to outbattle ZEPHYR aboard 4-5 favourite WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Trainer Anthony Nunes and Dick Cardenas combined to win three of the last four events on the 11-race card, including FAYROUZ in the seven-and-a-half furlong Fontainbleu Trophy, outduelling her St Leger conqueror, MARQUESAS, in a last-furlong thriller. Cardenas and Nunes’ other winners were 6-5 favourite ICE COLD in the eighth and ADONIS at 5-2 in the closing event, a battling victory over Spencer Chung’s 7-5 favourite, SEA SWAN, with Aaron Chatrie astride. Cardenas’ three-timer has moved him to within 17 of leading rider Anthony Thomas, who logged one winner, QUEEN’S HIGHWAY, in the ninth, setting the stage for an interesting last quarter in the jockeys’ championship. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
Defending Corporate Area and all-island senior schoolgirl netball champions Excelsior High are off to a good start this year. In their first match in the second round, of the ISSA urban competition on Wednesday, they defeated Merl Grove 48-14 in a Group Two encounter at the Leila Robinson Courts. After winning six games in the preliminary round coach Christopher Smart was pleased with his team’s good start in the second round. “It was an okay win for us. The opponents were not as strong as I had hoped, but our girls did reasonably well. I started a strong team to see what they were going to look like in the second round, but as I have said, my opponents were not strong enough, so we are looking forward to Friday’s game against Camperdown,” said Smart, who thinks the east Kingston-based girls will give his team a tougher challenge. With the impressive Rocoya Douglas at the goal-shooting position in partnership with goal attack Rayanna Myers, Excelsior dominated the first two quarters 13-3 and 30-5 before resting most of their top players for the remainder of the game to pull off their easy win. Camperdown have also been doing well. They joined the defending champions atop the group with six points after getting by Ardenne 44-10. Former champions the Queen’s School were also winners after defeating St Andrew High 52-37. Last year’s beaten finalists Gaynstead, St Catherine High and St Andrew Technical were winners in Group One action. The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead outclassed Jose Marti 53-3, while St Catherine overcame a stubborn Holy Childhood 39-31 and STATHS squeezed out a narrow one-goal win over Meadowbrook with a 22-21 victory .
Personal best If the 2018 track and field season ended in April, shot putter Danniel Thomas-Dodd might have been Jamaica’s Female Athlete of the Year. Thomas-Dodd bombed her way to silver at the World Indoor Champion-ships and then launched a national outdoor record of 19.36 metres to beat shot legend Valerie Adams of New Zealand to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games early in April. She might have won despite the matching World Indoor silver/Commonwealth gold performance by triple jumper Kimberly Williams. However, as the season progressed, Janieve Russell, Natoya Goule, Danielle Williams, Aisha Praught-Leer and Shanieka Ricketts pulled into the fast lane. Ricketts showed her intentions with a big triple jump in January, 14.49 metres at the Ted Dwyer Invitational. Later, she would win silver at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the Athletics World Cup where she set a new personal best of 14.61 metres. Even so, with a 2-4 win-loss record against fellow triple jumper Williams, the top spot eludes her. Roommates Danielle Williams, the 2015 World 100-metre hurdles champion, and Goule seemed to inspire each other. They both started with medals at the Games and routinely traded personal bests. Williams won the Oslo Diamond League and then revved up to a lifetime best of 12.48 seconds as the Stockholm runner-up, before ending the season with a win over world record holder Kendra Harrison at the Continental Cup in 12.49. Goule won her Commonwealth bronze in the personal best time of 1 minute 58.82 seconds and broke Kenia Sinclair’s national record of 1 minute 57.88 seconds in Paris – 1.57.69 in fifth. The coup de gr‚ce came in Monaco when she zoomed home in 1 minute 56.15 seconds. Wins were hard to come by, but that is understandable when you recall her opponents include undefeated South African Caster Semenya. Praught-Leer made history with her Commonwealth 3000-metre steeplechase win and late in the season, succeeded in resetting her national record to 9 minutes 14.09 seconds. Notable seasons were also produced by MVP teammates Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, with their main prizes being Commonwealth medals, silver in the 200 for Jackson, and bronze in the 400 for McPherson, and dual wins in the NACAC Championships in Toronto and the Athletics World Cup in London. Despite all that, there is only one sound choice for Jamaican Female Athlete of the Year and it is Janieve Russell. Never placing lower than third in any of her 400-metre hurdle races, Russell won the Commonwealth Games, the Athletics World Cup and the Continental Cup, with a personal best of 53.46 seconds coming in Lausanne. She lost that race by 0.05 to the girl who succeeded her as World Junior Champion, Shamir Little of the United States. If not for Little, who also beat her in London and at NACAC, Russell might even be world number one. Her remaining losses to compatriot Leah Nugent at the Racers Grand Prix and to Americans Georgiana Moline and Olympic champion Dahlila Muhammad, and Swiss star Lea Sprunger, were frequently avenged. Her trump card was consistency. Hopefully, her steady performances will be a springboard to even better campaigns in 2019, when the World Championships roll into view, and in 2020, when Japan hosts the Olympics in Tokyo. She will also have the fastest woman of 2018, Sydney McLaughlin, to contend with. The young American ran no race after dominant displays on the US college circuit and which a world junior record of 52.75 seconds. They will no doubt meet next season when Russell, Jamaica’s 2018 Athlete of the Year, seeks another consistent year at an elevated level. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.